Hotel Palacio Estoril
What We Love
- An elegant 1930s golf and spa resort that's hosted royalty, European nobility and others Treating yourself to an exclusive treatment at the Asian-inspired spa
- Sipping a drink in the bar that was frequented by WWII spies
- Enjoying a round of golf at the Mackenzie Ross-designed course
What To Know
- It's all about old-world glam here
- The spa has a dynamic circuit pool, a sauna, Turkish baths and massages
- On Her Majesty's Secret Service, a James Bond movie, was filmed here
- The beach is a five-minute walk away
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Palácio Estoril Hotel, Golf & Spa retains the elegant air of its 1930s origins. This sophisticated hotel has welcomed royalty, European nobility, artists, politicians and filmmakers over the years and today provides a comfortable five-star stay steeped in history. Set within stunning gardens, the hotel is located in the heart of Estoril and shows off excellent views over Estoril and the Bay of Cascais.
Whether you come for sport, leisure or relaxation, there’s a range of activities to indulge in. Estoril Palácio Golf Course was designed in 1936 by the renowned course architect Mackenzie Ross and is the host course for two of Portugal’s most prestigious tournaments. Overlooking Estoril and the idyllic coast, the course is lined with flora and fauna which provides a tactical challenge to the game.
Estoril Wellness Centre is a picture-perfect place to relax and benefits from the region’s natural waters and their therapeutic properties. The Asian Banyan Tree Spa Estoril – whose Thai counterpart has won awards for excellence – offers rituals and therapies to help you find complete tranquillity and calm. Complete your day of leisure with a refreshing drink on the Bougainvillea Terrace. Unsurprisingly, Palácio Estoril Hotel, Golf & Spa scored a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
How to Get There
If opulence and luxury is what you are after then look no further. This hotel ticks all the boxes. I can’t rate the staff high enough. Many have worked here many years. The doorman and concierge have worked at the hotel 60 years from what I understand. When staff are as loyal as this to an establishment, it’s impressive and shows how the staff are so integral to the smooth running of this high end elegant hotel. In return, it becomes clear that residents return to the hotel year on year. The staff have time for everyone who stays here and indulge in conversations with everyone showing a very personal touch with their clientele making everyone feel cared for and attended to. The decorations and interior of the hotel are in keeping with the style of the building and everywhere and everything is kept very clean. Breakfast is particularly good. Something for everyone on a buffet style basis though breakfast is also cooked to order should you want your eggs cooked in a particular way. Staff in the breakfast room are particularly efficient. Coffee and tea served extremely quickly. Dirty crockery cleared away and replaced with new in no time at all. The pool area is scrupulously clean. Lots of loungers and pool towels provided. Drinks and lunch served as required. Nothing to do with the hotel at all but we found places to eat in the local area in short supply so would often walk to Cascais which is about a 20/25 pleasant minute walk along the seafront.
We had a most enjoyable 4 day stay and would definitely recommend!
Spent two weeks here. A beautiful hotel. Old fashion charm , relaxed atmosphere. Staff are attentive but discrete.
Rooms are spacious, towels so fluffy????.
Fabulous pool, plenty of sun chairs.
Have to mention Alessandro at the pool.
An obliging and happy man. Always smiling and will do all that he can to make sure you are content.
Breakfast is excellent
This is a pleasant, slightly faded, rather grand hotel in the old European tradition. It has lots of history and a definite snooty charm. However small things, and one big thing, cripple it.
Small things: tiny cutlery, long walks to spa, no atmosphere in the bars, crappy room service menu. Etc.
Big thing: location. All the fun, life and beauty is in Cascais (which is only a short Uber ride away but still, it’s an Uber ride). The area around the hotel is a soulless space dominated by a hideous, bleak casino (once posh, now declined).
Worst of all when I was there the park outside was dedicated three days running to a kids’ fair playing reggaeton at 300 decibels 18 hours a day, making basic thinking impossible, let alone pleasure. Horrendous.
I hate to say this of such a storied and impressive place, but AVOID. Stay in Cascais instead.